Kauai 2011 and the GH2

January 04, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I am a micro 4/3′s fan.

These are some of my favorite shots from my recent family trip to hawaii. It certainly was a different experience traveling with 2 kids. Now that my family includes two young children, I am realizing my photography and vacationing will have to change. In the end we basically spent a lot of time at the resort and didn’t travel much (I have a 3 years and a five month old baby).

I spent a long time debating on what gear to bring with me. In the end I opted for the Panasonic GH2 with 4 lenses (7-14mm 20mm 1,7, 14mm 2.5 and the 45-200mm). All fitting in a small fanny pack that was easy to take on the beach and travel around. A few years ago I would have been lugging my full sized DSLR with an assortment of heavy L lenses. What a relief I didn’t do that. It blows my mind that I have a range of lenses that are 14mm-400mm in focal length on my full frame DSLR, in one small bag.

The GH2 served admirably, I was most impressed with the 45-200. It is the cheapest lens in the arsenal and will often just sit on my shelf at home. I figured having a 400mm (35mm equivalent) could be useful in Hawaii and the damn thing fits in a pocket (albeit a large one). I took the Monk seal below with that lens (171mm – 342mm @ 35mm). The photo was sharp and the bokeh was decent for a lens of that price.

The GH2 is about as small as a camera I want. I am one of those people that need a viewfinder, external dials and something that is not too small in my hands. In comparison to my full sized DSLR it is tiny. For a blog post of photos of the family in Hawaii it is perfect for even a pro.



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